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How can medications keep blood sugar levels low?

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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 35 years experience
Severa means: Oral agents like Glucophage help the pancrease (pancrelipase) make more insulin maybe better quality insulin. Insulin injections help get the glucose into the cells where it is needed

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A 63-year-old male asked:

Just what can I do to keep blood sugar low enough to safe levels?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No secret formula: Eat a healthy well balanced diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables, while limiting sweets, and avoiding empty calories (soda, candy, high fructose corn syrup). Get regular moderate aerobic exercise at least 150 min per week; with two days/week of resistance exercises. Get adequate high quality sleep (average adult needs 7-9hrs/nght) Relax! Find healthy outlets to stress.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What happens if my sugar level is low?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Low sugar: The usual symptoms of acute low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, are shakes, sweats, irritability, confusion, resolved quickly by ingestion of a sugar load.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if my blood sugar level too low?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
By measuring it: The only way to measure the level of your blood sugar is by measuing it with a blood glucose monitor. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar are hunger, feeling shaky, dizziness, weakness, headache, irritability, sweating, poor coordination, numbness of the mouth and tongue, and eventually passing out.
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How do I keep track of my blood sugar levels if I have diabetes?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Testing, HbA1c: On a day to day basis, you can test your blood sugar to see how it is, both before and after meals. This will tell you both how your medication is working and how your body is responding to the food that you eat. Your physician will also do a test (hba1c) that can tell you how, on the average, your sugars have been over the past three months.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you keep a normal blood sugar level during the day and night?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Diet and exercise: Eating a well balanced diet with a low glycemic index and regular aerobic exercise will help in keeping glucose in the normal range. If you have pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome or are overweight, it is imperative to loose weight.
Dr. Philip Kern
Dr. Philip Kern commented
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Your body normally regulates glucose during periods of eating and fasting. Insulin goes up in response to food and keeps glu normal. Glucagon goes up during fasting so that you do not become hypoglycemic. With obesity/prediabetes, you become insulin resistant so that the insulin does not work as well.
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